Electricians (General) install, test, connect, commission, maintain and modify electrical equipment, wiring and control systems.

Specialisations: Armature Winder, Electrical Contractor, Heavy Coil Winder, Railway Signal Electrician.

You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical mechanics to work as an Electrician (General).

Tasks

  • Examines blueprints, wiring diagrams and specifications to determine sequence and methods of operation.
  • Measures and lays out insulation reference points.
  • Selects, cuts and connects wire and cable to terminals and connectors.
  • Uses electrical and electronic test instruments to trace and diagnose faults.
  • Repairs and replaces faulty wiring and defective parts.
  • Positions and installs electrical switchboards.
  • Connects electrical systems to power supply.
  • Tests continuity of circuit.

More about Electricians

All Electricians

  • $1,823 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Electricians (General)

  • 111,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electricians (General) (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 107,800 in 2011 to 111,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Location: Electricians (General) work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Electricians (General) in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Electricians (General).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction63.9
Manufacturing7.8
Mining6.4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6.2
Other Industries15.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectricians (General)All Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC22.025.6
QLD22.820.0
SA6.87.0
WA14.310.8
TAS2.02.0
NT1.71.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectricians (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.1-5.05.0
20-2415.2-9.39.3
25-3430.7-22.922.9
35-4419.4-22.022.0
45-5416.3-21.621.6
55-596.6-9.09.0
60-644.5-6.06.0
65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationElectricians (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV77.4-21.121.1
Year 1210.2-18.118.1
Year 112.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.3-12.512.5

You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical mechanics to work as an Electrician (General).

Membership with Master Electricians Australia may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Electrotechnology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Electricians who have good people skills, are reliable and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    78% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Mechanical

    73% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Mathematics

    61% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Technical design

    57% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Customer and personal service

    54% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2111.00 - Electricians.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Spend time standing

    94% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    91% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2111.00 - Electricians.

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